Over the past decade, the Duke University Libraries have undergone a transformation that preserves the best of our tradition and history while introducing new spaces, services, and resources for our community. In the process, we've become one of the most popular destinations on campus. Across the Libraries, students and faculty from multiple disciplines gather to exchange ideas, explore our collections, participate in cultural events, and experiment with innovative tools that enrich teaching and learning.
We are proud of the progress we made during the Duke Forward campaign (2012–2017), the most significant fundraising endeavor in our history, but we continue to look to the future. Thanks to the support of our donors, Duke has built one of the top research library systems in the country. As our prominence and reputation continue to grow, the whole university will benefit. As we continue to move forward, a number of new priorities will provide some exciting giving opportunities, including:
- Lilly Library: One of the oldest and most architecturally significant buildings on Duke's campus, Lilly serves more than 1,800 first-year students on East Campus. The library has not been expanded or substantially renovated since it was built in 1927. Expanding and renovating Lilly continues to be a major priority for the Libraries.
- The Lisa Unger Baskin Collection: Aquired by the David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library in 2015, this collection is a transformative body of material documenting women at work that was carefully assembled over forty-five years by noted bibliophile, activist, and collector Lisa Unger Baskin. Opportunities for supporting the cataloging and aquisition of this work are available.
- Adopt a Digital Collection: Storage of our diverse and truly unique digital collections is one of our most pressing needs. This initiative provides the opportunity to ensure that some of Duke's most distinctive materials are protected in perpetuity.
- Libraries Annual Fund: Unrestricted support gives us the Libraries the flexibility to put funding where it is needed most, from establishing crucial initiatives like the Residence Hall Librarian Program for first-year students to creating unique classroom experiences like Archives Alive.